Category Archives: Dates & Places

Quilt Show Twofer: Bay Area Quilters Strut Their Stuff

Our peach and pear trees are blossoming; California golden poppies are in early bloom; the local birds with bright, fresh feathers are singing and searching for nesting spots; and the papers and catalogs are replete with full-color Spring fashions. Yes, … Continue reading

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The Latest from that Amazing Quilter, Gwen Marston (+ a Giveaway!)

At one time or another, I suspect we’ve all had the experience of meeting someone new and feeling that immediate “click” of connection–the perfect description of my first encounter (in 1989!) with legendary and beloved Michigan quilter, Gwen Marston. I wrote about … Continue reading

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Hari-Kuyo – The Ceremony of Broken Needles

In Japan, the Hari-Kuyo ceremony is held throughout Japan annually on the 8th of February. This 400-year-old tradition is held at Shinto Shrines and Buddhist temples as a celebration of the small tools used by seamstresses, embroiderers, and housewives over … Continue reading

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Embracing Creativity

I was at a planning meeting this week for one of my favorite quilt events of the year – Stitch Modern. I wanted to share with you some of the interesting events that they are sponsoring this year, but first, … Continue reading

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Diana McClun: The Other Half of the “Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!” Partnership + EXCITING Giveaway!

As mentioned in my website bio, I never imagined I’d be hanging out with the co-authors of my early favorite quilting book, Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! And what’s more, that I’d count the co-author, Diana McClun, as a friend, mentor, and … Continue reading

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Quilts & Cookies in the Garden: Join Laura Nownes and Diana McClun for a Quilts!Quilts!!Quilts!!! Book Signing!

Lately, with my husband’s recent retirement, we have spent quite a bit of our time traveling. Sometimes he accompanies me on business trips, while other jaunts are just for fun. On our recent trip to Portland, OR, while other tourists … Continue reading

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A California Quilter Crosses the Pond: Part 2–A Feast of Stitching Inspiration (+ Giveaway)

The jet lag may be history, but I’m still bubbling with inspiration from my recent “holiday” in the UK. In addition to the Autumn Quilt Festival Malvern, which I shared in my Tuesday post, the trip provided a feast of ideas for future stitching projects. Sunday saw us … Continue reading

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A California Quilter Crosses the Pond: Part 1 — A Sampling of Quilts from Autumn Quilt Festival Malvern

Feeling a bit jet-lagged at the moment, but it’s all good. I’ve just returned from an incredible ten-day visit with my friend (and co-author), Chris Porter, and her husband Neil in Bristol, England. My last visit was in 2010, and Chris and I … Continue reading

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Road Trip: On the Fabric Trail in Portlandia!

Hello all! I’ve just had a fab-u-lous weekend up in Portland, Oregon and I was even able to fit in stops at a couple of quilt shops. Mind you, I had two-thirds of my males in tow so I had … Continue reading

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Quilt Inspiration from a Week by the Sea

Back when I was living on the East Coast, my two younger sisters and I established a tradition of meeting somewhere once a year for a spouse-free, offspring-free sisters’ reunion. For the first few years, we gathered in Lancaster, PA, for … Continue reading

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